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Find your sole mate with Amazon AR shoe-shopping via iPhone

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Turns out you can try on shoes with your iPhone.
Turns out you can try on shoes with your iPhone.
Photo: Amazon

Amazon already had a try-before-you-buy program for Prime members, where you can send an article of clothing back after trying it at home. On Thursday it added Virtual Try-On, an augmented reality (AR) experience where you can try on shoes without ever touching them via iOS.

All you need it the Amazon app and an iPhone to see how a pair of kicks will look on your feet.

Grab AirTag at its lowest price yet

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Grab AirTag at its lowest price yet
Don't lose your chance to get an AirTag at the best price we've seen it.
Photo: Kehn Hermano/Pexels

Apple’s AirTag item tracker is available at 17% off the usual price. This is a rare opportunity to get a discount on a single one rather than a bundle of them. But if you prefer a 4-pack, that’s available at 10% off.

It’s good timing: Father’s Day is coming up fast and AirTag makes a nice present.

Amazon tries invite-based PS5 and Xbox orders amid supply chain woes

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The very first product availably only by invitation will be the Sony PlayStation 5 console.
The very first product availably only by invitation will be the Sony PlayStation 5 console.
Photo: Amazon

As COVID-19 lockdowns complicate technology products’ ongoing supply-chain issues and consumers compete to find scarce products, Amazon is trying something new.

The behemoth hopes its new invitation-based ordering option will help keep robot traffic from causing inventory shortages, as well as price gouging, for in-demand items.

The new system launches for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X orders. Then it will expand to other products. If it works well, it could end up helping consumers lay hands on hard-to-get Apple hardware, too.

Graphic designer runs racy dual-monitor MacBook Pro rig [Setups]

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Look at that wallpaper! Oh, and there's also a computer setup.
Look at that wallpaper! Oh, and there's also a computer setup.
Photo: Eddie1340@Reddit.com

Ever show off your painstakingly constructed computer setup only to have everybody race past the gear just to ogle what’s showing on the screen(s)? The desktop wallpaper.

It’s kind of like that with today’s featured setup, the brainchild of a graphic designer.

He put together the dual-monitor setup around a 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro with a lineup of nice touches. And he also made the neato race-car wallpaper that got most of the attention.

14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro gets a whopping $270 discount

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MacBook Pro notch won’t hinder mouse cursor movement
Now that's a sweet deal!
Photo: Apple

Apple’s newest 14-inch MacBook Pro is now more affordable than ever, thanks to a whopping $270 discount from Amazon.

The price cut applies to the M1 Pro model with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Get yours in space gray for $2,229 — down from $2,499.

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Get Amazon’s biggest discount yet on Beats Studio Buds

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Beats Studio Buds come in white, red and black.
Get yours for just $129.95.
Photo: Apple

Amazon just dropped its biggest discount yet on Beats Studio Buds, saving you more than $40, right after Apple rolled out a rather juicy firmware update.

Get yours with active noise cancellation and a water-resistant design for less than $110 before the deal ends.

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Apple Music is the world’s second-biggest music streaming service

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Apple Music
But Spotify is still way out in front.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

With a 15% share of the market, Apple Music is now the second-biggest music streaming service in the world, according to the latest data. It remains significantly bigger than rivals like YouTube Music and Deezer.

However, Apple Music will have to fight to stay ahead of Amazon Music, while catching up with Spotify will be an incredibly difficult task.

M1 Max MacBook Pro ‘an absolute beast’ for music production [Setups]

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The audio engineer who uses this setup calls their 16-inch M1 Max MacBook
The audio engineer who uses this setup calls their 16-inch M1 Max MacBook "an absolute beast" on the music production front.
Photo: AkhlysShallRise@Reddit.com

Here at Cult of Mac Setups Central, we’ve looked fairly closely at quite a few audio-centric workstations used by the likes of sound designers, video mavens and plain ol’ music fans. Today’s featured setup, with a souped-up 16-inch M1 Max MacBook at its core, belongs to an out-and-out audio engineer from Canada named James.

Experts say Apple is missing out on the cloud gaming boom

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Cloud gaming is taking off in a big way, and Apple isn't part of it.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple is missing out on another major revenue stream by ignoring cloud gaming services, according to market experts.

While rivals like Amazon, Nvidia and Microsoft are reaping the rewards of a gaming industry boom that’s only expected to get bigger, Apple is leaving money on the table. But there is a simple way it could enjoy a piece of the pie.